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by Afkhami, Mahnaz; Sebastian, Tim
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Mahnaz Afkhami discusses the events and aftermath of the Iranian Revolution, including her own experience of exile and what she calls the "collective psychological collapse" of Iranian society. She discusses topics including feminism and Islam, her work as a government minister pushing for progressive causes, civil society building in Iran, and adapting to living in exile.
Topics: Iran -- History -- Revolution 1979, Exile, Refugees, Identity, Civil society, Political...
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Mahnaz Afkhami discusses her work as a female government minister advocating for women's rights in Iran during the period 1970-1978. At that time, Akhami was able to pursue and negotiate for reforms because the government's goals supported progressive movement toward modernization and development. Afkhami conceptually linked the advancement of women to the goal of national development. In her work with grassroots women, Afkhami focused primarily on programs to meet her constituents' needs in...
Topics: Iran -- History -- Revolution 1979, Women's rights -- Muslim societies, Patriarchy, Women -- Social...
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by Afkhami, Mahnaz; Abzug, Bella; Griefahn, Monika; Aidoo, Ama Ata; Friedan, Betty; Goodall, Jane; Garrison, Jim; Twist, Lynne
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A panel discussion centers on women's roles in leadership and democratization, and the global women's movement in the period after the Beijing World Conference in 1995. Highlights: [0:01:00] SWF president Jim Garrison's opening remarks and introductions of panel members. [0:06:40] Discussion moderator Lynne Twist speaks on the impact of Beijing on her own thinking and the global women's movement as a whole. [0:10:45] Lynne Twist's introduction of panel-member Mahnaz Afkhami and Afkhami's...
Topics: 4th World Conference on Women : 1995 : Beijing, Women's leadership, Democratic transition, Women...
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Aatifa Timjerdine of Morocco discusses the state of women's rights in her home country, her work as an activist, and what she will take back to her home country as a result of her participation in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Regional Roaming Institute for Women's Leadership and Training of Trainers (December 9-15, 2003 in Petra, Jordan).
Topics: WLP Events -- MENA Regional Roaming Institute 2003, Participatory leadership, Transformative...
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Ayesha Imam, then head of WLP Nigeria/BAOBAB for Women's Human Rights (BAOBAB), talks about specific ways that Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) facilitate better communication between other women's rights organizations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), including those who do not have access to the Internet. She talks about how the Internet changed the way BAOBAB communicated with other member organizations of the international solidarity network Women Living Under...
Topics: WLP Events -- Cultural Boundaries and Cyber Spaces 2000, BAOBAB for Women's Human Rights, Women...
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by Tadesse, Zenebework
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Zenebework Tadesse speaks on her views of the most important aspects of effective, non-exploitative leadership, the role of strong communication skills, different types of leadership (particularly between women and men), and contextual factors of good leadership. [0:00:00] "How do you define leadership?" [0:01:43] "Are there specific characteristics that are important for there to be an effective, more peaceful leader?" [0:02:35] "Do you think these characteristics...
Topics: Women's leadership, Transformative leadership, Africa, Association of African Women for Research...
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by Abou Habib, Lina; Afkhami, Mahnaz; al-Khateeb, Basma; Khader, Asma
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In commemoration of International Women's Day, this episode of CNN's Amanpour focuses on the status of women's rights and gender equality globally since 1995. Christiane Amanpour and Basma Al-Khateeb discuss women's widespread mobilization to vote and run as political candidates in the 2010 Iraqi parliamentary elections. Panel participants Mahnaz Afkhami, Asma Khader, and Lina Abou Habib discuss the continuing need for legal reform particularly of family and citizenship laws, the situation of...
Topics: Sisterhood is Global Institute/Jordan, Global women's movement, Political participation, Women...
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Alia Arasoughly speaks about the proliferation of independent news media outlets and what that means for Palestinian women, the importance of using mass media tools like television to reach a broad audience with messages about women's rights and gender equality, and specific cultural barriers faced by women who wish to work in television and film production.
Topics: WLP Events -- Cultural Boundaries and Cyber Spaces 2000, Information and communication technology,...
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Mahnaz Afkhami discusses the stereotypes of Muslims and Muslim women commonly presented by the Western media. She notes that women in Muslim societies have a wide variety of experiences depending on the context, and expressions of Muslim feminism are a response to indigenous cultural conditions. Afkhami responds to questions from the host and from the viewing audience covering topics such as: Islamic holy texts on women's rights, discrepancies between cultural and religious traditions, the...
Topics: Women's rights -- Muslim societies, Sisterhood is Global Institute, Islam and human rights,...
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by Inayatullah, Attiya
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Pakistani activist Attiya Inayatullah discusses biographical and contextual/historical topics including her experiences as a politician and government official within the Pakistani government; the difficulties and responsibilities that face women in exercising political power; women in Pakistani politics and policies toward women under General Pervez Musharraf; the threat of the Pakistani Taliban and extremism; and the fight against poverty and her efforts to increase access to contraception.
Topics: WLP Events -- Clash or Consensus2003, Women's leadership, Political leadership, Women in...
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Dr. Farida Allaghi speaks about how she views herself as a leader and how she defines leadership. She discusses her childhood (and influence of her parents' progressive, democratic values on her upbringing), technological and information revolution, achievements of the global women's movement, image of Muslim women in Western media, need for women's political participation, and why she's optimistic about the future. She also discusses major challenges faced by the next generation of building a...
Topics: WLP Events -- Cultural Boundaries and Cyber Spaces 2000, Information and communication technology,...
Women's Learning Partnership (WLP) founder and President Mahnaz Afkhami speaks with host Lili Sadr of Voice of America's Zane Emrooz (Today's Woman) about the evolution of the global women's movement through grassroots mobilization and technological innovation, and the role of WLP in spreading ideas, knowledge, and curricula for activists. They begin with a discussion of Parvin Ardalan, a longtime women's rights activist and founding member of the One Million Signatures Campaign, who at that...
Topics: Women and democracy, Family law, Advocacy campaigns, Human rights advocacy, One Million Signatures...
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Zena Mohamed Reda of Iraq discusses the state of women's rights in her home country, her work as an activist, and what she will take back to her home country as a result of her participation in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Regional Roaming Institute for Women's Leadership and Training of Trainers (December 9-15, 2003 in Petra, Jordan).
Topics: WLP Events -- MENA Regional Roaming Institute 2003, Participatory leadership, Transformative...
Voice of America's Zane Emrooz (Today's Woman) and Mahnaz Afkhami focus on the role of women and women's leadership in shaping global security and in promoting a human security paradigm focused on peace, conflict resolution, and protection of rights rather than military control. Mahnaz Afkhami, President and founder of Women's Learning Partnership (WLP), discuss the recent International Women Leaders Global Security Summit (IWLGSS) held November 15-17, 2007 (New York City), which aimed to bring...
Topics: Women and peace, Women's leadership, Conflict resolution, Women in development, Human security
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Dr. Fowzia Abdullah of Saudi Arabia discusses the state of women's rights in her home country, her work as an activist, and what she will take back to her home country as a result of her participation in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Regional Roaming Institute for Women's Leadership and Training of Trainers (December 9-15, 2003 in Petra, Jordan).
Topics: WLP Events -- MENA Roaming Institute 2003, Participatory leadership, Transformative leadership,...
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Vabah K. Gayflor discusses her early life and inspiration, poverty, and the continuing effects of the Liberian Civil War, particularly on children. She discusses her advocacy to implement the parts of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement that ended the civil war, and the Liberian constitution that calls for equal rights and opportunities for women. Gayflor describes the process of pushing for a 30% quota for women's representation in Liberian parliament. At the time of this interview, Vabah K....
Topics: BAOBAB for Women's Human Rights, Women and war, Women and peace, Political participation, Advocacy...
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Amina Lemrini, founding President of the Association Démocratique des Femmes du Maroc (ADFM), discusses context (Morocco) in period of transition since 1990s, with great advancements in political domain. Describes commission recommendations for institutional, political, judicial and pedagogical reforms to prevent human rights violations of last 40 years as first in Arab and Muslim world. ADFM addresses issues of economic insecurity, unemployment and rise of conservative forces. Describes...
Topics: Women and democracy, Patriarchy, Women's Rights -- Muslim societies, Backlash, Human rights...
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Enas al-Shafie, WLP Egypt/Forum for Women in Development (FWID), discusses the Egyptian government's increasingly restrictive practices against non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and describes cooperation between different NGOs to provide aid to Lebanon in the wake of the 2006 Lebanon War. She also describes the use of the Internet and social networking sites for advocacy campaigns during that period. Questions are given in English and answered in Arabic.
Topics: WLP Events -- Transnational Partners Convening 2006, Lebanon War 2006, Forum for Women in...
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Jacqueline Pitanguy, founder of Cidadania, Estudo, Pesquisa, Informação e Ação (CEPIA), Women's Learning Partnership's partner in Brazil, speaks on types of leadership, what makes a good leader, and her life as a leader/activist. She also talks in-depth on the process of reforming the Brazilian constitution after the end of military rule in 1985. This is the first part of a three-part series of interviews that took place at the Cosmos Club, Washington, DC, 2002, prior to the Women's...
Topics: Women's leadership, Cidadania Estudo Pesquisa Informação e Ação (Cepia), Political leadership,...
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Ayesha Imam, founder and former executive director of WLP Nigeria/BAOBAB for Women's Human Rights, discusses women's participation in government and politics, and barriers that must be overcome for them to do so. She speaks extensively about the inherent flaws of fundamentalist and inflexible interpretations of the Qur'an and Hadith, and their effects on Islamic jurisprudence and society. Imam also details BAOBAB's efforts to spread more progressive interpretations of Islamic holy texts, and...
Topics: BAOBAB for Women's Human Rights, Political leadership, Women political candidates and campaigns,...
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by Afkhami, Mahnaz; Brindle, Dave
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Mahnaz Afkhami discusses women's rights under Islam and a newly released manual produced by the Sisterhood is Global Institute (SIGI). Afkhami discusses the discrepancies between Islamic holy texts and the interpretations of those texts regarding women's rights and roles in society. She notes that in many Muslim-majority societies, Islamic texts often have been misinterpreted to justify discrimination against women based on cultural rather than religious traditions. The new manual produced by...
Topics: Women's rights -- Muslim societies, Sisterhood is Global Institute, Islam and human rights,...
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by Afkhami, Mahnaz; Baharloo, Ahmadreza
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Mahnaz Afkhami discusses the struggle for gender justice in Iran during her time as a government cabinet minister, and in more recent years. She discusses the difficult situation for women in present-day Iran and several examples of state-sanctioned violations of women's human rights. Later she talks about her pivotal involvement in the 1975 First World Conference on Women in Mexico City, the importance of the Iranian women's movement in preparing the draft World Plan of Action, and the...
Topics: Iran -- History -- Revolution 1979, 1st World Conference on Women : 1975 : Mexico City, Women's...
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by Heptullah, Najma
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Prominent Indian politician and feminist Najma Heptullah discusses topics including feminism and the women's movement in India, the effects of the 73rd and 74th amendments to the Indian constitution on women's leadership at the local government and grassroots levels, the importance of women in economic development, and the differences between men's and women's styles of leadership.
Topics: WLP Events -- Clash or Consensus 2003, Women in development, Political participation, Gender based...
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Amina Lemrini of WLP Morocco/L’Association Démocratique des Femmes du Maroc (ADFM) talks about ADFM's campaign to strengthen anti-violence against women laws and pass laws criminalizing sexual harassment in the workplace. Amina gives her answers in French through an English interpreter.
Topics: L’Association Démocratique des Femmes du Maroc, Law reform, Advocacy campaigns, Human rights...
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In addition to explaining her views about leadership, Obaid talks about women's leadership in Muslim majority societies and the difficulties in promoting women's rights and leadership while maintaining sensitivity and respect for the culture. She also speaks about cultural versus economic globalization and how Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) can dilute a culture's identity or help maintain it. At the time of this interview, Thoraya Obaid was the Director of the Arab States...
Topics: WLP Events -- Cultural Boundaries and Cyber Spaces 2000, Women's leadership, Participatory...
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by Afkhami, Mahnaz; Baharloo, Ahmadreza
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Mahnaz Afkhami discusses the history of Family Law and Personal Status Law in Iran in the pre- and post-1979 revolution eras. At the time of the interview in late 2008, a new, regressive Family Protection bill was introduced by the ruling Administration that sparked widespread reaction in Iranian society. The bill upheld highly conservative, traditional patriarchal views regarding men's authority, women's subordination, and the status of women and children as the de facto property of their male...
Topics: Family law, Women's rights -- Muslim societies, Women’s rights -- Religious aspects -- Islam,...
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Aisha Zeina of Algeria discusses the state of women's rights in her home country, her work as an activist, and what she will take back to her home country as a result of her participation in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Regional Roaming Institute for Women's Leadership and Training of Trainers (December 9-15, 2003 in Petra, Jordan).
Topics: WLP Events -- MENA Regional Roaming Institute 2003, Participatory leadership, Transformative...
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Mahnaz Afkhami, President and founder of Women's Learning Partnership, discusses the situation of women's rights in Iran, including a peaceful protest for reform of family laws that turned violent when 70 people (including 22 men) were arrested and imprisoned. Afkhami provides an overview of WLP and it's work, and issues that women are fighting for in Iran (such as raising the minimum age of marriage to prevent child marriage.) This discussion is followed by a question and answer session with...
Topics: Women's rights -- Muslim societies, Women -- Social conditions, Family law, Law reform, Political...
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Nazik Mahjoob Malaika of Sudan discusses the state of women's rights in her home country, her work as an activist, and what she will take back to her home country as a result of her participation in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Regional Roaming Institute for Women's Leadership and Training of Trainers (December 9-15, 2003 in Petra, Jordan).
Topics: WLP Events -- MENA Regional Roaming Institute 2003, Participatory leadership, Transformative...
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by Cooper, Edwina
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Edwina Cooper, Liberian Women's Initiative, tells the story of how she became involved in women's peacebuilding activism in response to a 23-year civil war, and her personal story of growing up in Liberia. Cooper talks about a successful campaign to pass a bill asserting the supremacy of statutory law over "hinterland law" or traditional law, where women have almost no rights and are essentially treated as property. She also discusses the difficulties her organization faced because of...
Topics: WLP Events -- Africa Regional Learning Institute 2005, BAOBAB for Women's Human Rights, Women and...
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by Afkhami, Mahnaz; Clancy, Jim
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CNN's Questions and Answers (Q&A) focuses on the status of women in Muslim majority societies, and global movements to achieve social and legal recognition of the rights of women. Topics include egalitarian ideals in the Qur'an, polygamy, divorce, and interpretations of women's rights throughout Muslim societies.
Topics: Sisterhood is Global Institute, Women's rights -- Muslim societies, Women's rights -- Religious...
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Nadia Abu Naleh of Palestine discusses the state of women's rights in her home country, her work as an activist, and what she will take back to her home country as a result of her participation in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Regional Roaming Institute for Women's Leadership and Training of Trainers (December 9-15, 2003 in Petra, Jordan).
Topics: WLP Events -- MENA Regional Roaming Institute 2003, Participatory leadership, Transformative...
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by Afkhami, Mahnaz; Edelman, Marian Wright; Pitanguy, Jacqueline; Tadesse, Zenebework
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Mahnaz Afkhami leads a group discussion with Jacqueline Pitanguy, Marian Edelman, and Zenebework Tadesse as leaders of prominent human rights and women's human rights organizations, on their experiences as leaders, and strategies for effective movement building. They discuss the merits of NGO vs. inside governmental roles in affecting change, development of allies, transnational coalition building. End with their observations on the important qualities of a successful leader. This is the second...
Topics: Consensus building, Constitutional law, Law reform, Cidadania Estudo Pesquisa Informação e Ação...
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Zahira Kamal discusses different characteristics and strengths of men's and women's leadership, women in the Qur'an, need for modern interpretations of Islamic law, role of ICTs in activism, and strategies for the women's movement in Muslim majority societies moving forward. Zahira Kamal is the former head of WLP Palestine/Women's Affairs Technical Committee.
Topics: WLP Events -- Cultural Boundaries and Cyber Spaces 2000, Women's Affairs Technical Committee,...
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by Afkhami, Mahnaz; Pearson, Carol
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Talk to America host Carol Pearson, Mahnaz Afkhami (then President of the Sisterhood is Global Institute (SIGI), and callers from around the world have a wide-ranging discussion on the global status of women in the 50 years since the passing of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. Among the topics discussed are the global digital divide, the progress of women's rights in the Scandinavian region, the role of women in development in the Global South, women's political...
Topics: Digital divide, Human rights advocacy, Women in development, Sisterhood is Global Institute,...
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by Afkhami, Mahnaz; Allaghi, Farida; Arasoughly, Alia; Broadman, Janice; Davis, Naadia; Heyzer, Noeleen; Jabre, Bushra; Kamal, Zahira; Khader, Asma; Imam, Ayesha; Manneh, Vivian; Obaid, Thoraya; Rao, Aruna; Rochdi, Najat; Yacoobi, Sakena
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A brief introductory series presents the situation of women globally: [03:46] Empowerment and Leadership: The speakers explore definitions of leadership and empowerment and how women can develop leadership skills within their own communities and contexts. They present a non-hierarchical model of leadership based on ideas of inclusivity, consensus, and shared meaning. [22:34] ICTs: The speakers define information and communication technology (ICT) as it relates to women's empowerment and...
Topics: WLP Events -- Cultural Boundaries and Cyber Spaces 2000, Women -- Social conditions, Women's rights...
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by Abou Habib, Lina; Afkhami, Mahnaz; al-Bayoumi, Faten; al-Shafie, Enas; al-Aasha, Ina'am; Boro, Rita; de Montis, Malena; Diplo-Salami, Bunmi; Kukah, Odilia; Ntebei, Andoseh Irene; Pinto, Anastasia; Quora, Lina; Shomali, Rose; Yacoobi, Sakena
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12 interviewees describe the work of their organizations and their hopes for the future: 00:00-04:37 Enas al-Shafie, Egypt 04:39-07:07 Ina'am al-Aasha, Jordan (Arabic) 07:08-11:37 Faten al-Bayoumi, Palestine (Arabic) 11:38-15:25 Sakeena Yacoobi, Afghanistan 15:30-19:49 Bunmi Dipo-Salami, Nigeria 19:54-22:22 Rose Shomali, Palestine 22:28-26:32 Lina Quorah, Jordan 26:35-30:20 Lina Abou Habib, Lebanon 30-22-33:09 Malena di Montis, Nicaragua 33:13-37:57 Odilia Kukah and Andoseh Irene Ntebei,...
Topics: Women's Affairs Technical Committee, Sisterhood is Global Institute/Jordan, BAOBAB for Women's...
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Lina Abou Habib, WLP Lebanon/Collective for Research and Training on Development-Action (CRTD-A), speaks about the effects of the 2006 Lebanon War (which concluded only one month prior to the 2006 Partners Convening (TPC)) on Lebanese society, CRTD-A's work to aid the masses of internally displaced persons resulting from the conflict, and how the damage to Lebanese infrastructure and services affected Lebanese women. She also discusses the cooperation between CRTD-A, Women's Learning...
Topics: WLP Events -- Transnational Partners Convening 2006, Lebanon War 2006, Women and war, Collective...
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Asma Khader speaks on leadership, women's leadership in Muslim societies, and her experiences and inspirations as a lawyer and women's human rights activist in Jordan. She addresses difficulties and practicalities of efforts to reform laws surrounding practices such as honor killing, and the difference between law reform in theory and law reform in practice. Asma Khader is a Jordanian activist, lawyer, and the former head of WLP Jordan/Sisterhood is Global Institute/Jordan (SIGI/J).
Topics: WLP Events -- Cultural Boundaries and Cyber Spaces 2000, Information and communication technology,...
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Mahnaz Afkhami, founder of Women's Learning Partnership (WLP), talks about the events surrounding the fall of the government of Mohammed Reza Shah Pavlavi in 1979, and what it meant for her position as the Minister of Women's Affairs in Iran, and for the women's rights movement in Iran. She also discusses the prospects for women's rights in Iraq (the new Iraqi constitution was being drafted for referendum at that time). A 2005 interview with the RUV-Icelandic National Broadcasting Service. The...
Topics: Women's Learning Partnership, Exile, Refugees, Women's rights -- Muslim societies, Fundamentalism,...
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On the occasion of International Women's Day (March 8, 2006), WLP President and founder Mahnaz Afkhami speaks with Voice of America's Ahmadreza Baharloo on the current status of women globally and the strategies and impediments to achieving rights and equality. They note that on that Women's Day, women (and some men) demonstrators in Iran, including the popular Iranian poet Simin Behbahani (1927-2014), were beaten and prohibited from advocating for their rights. In this context, Afkhami...
Topics: Women’s rights -- Muslim societies, Women -- Social conditions, Demonstrations, Human rights...
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Najat Rochdidiscusses the digital divide as well as the "content divide" that exist between the Global North and South. She highlights the importance of women in the Global South creating their own content, as well as consuming internet content, to gain more control over their representation in the media.
Topics: WLP Events -- Cultural Boundaries and Cyber Spaces 2000, Technology and social change, Digital...
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by Andoseh, Irene; Kimbugwe, Solome; Nwosu, Ngozi; Musa, Rose; Olu-Williams, Daphne
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Five interviews with African women from different women's rights non-governmental organizations (NGOs) across Africa who participated in the Africa Regional Learning Institute for Women's Leadership and Training of Trainers (TOT). All interview participants talk about their inspiration, their visions for the future, challenges they have faced, and how they benefited from their participation in the TOT. The interview subjects (in order of appearance) are: 1. Daphne Olu-Williams of the African...
Topics: WLP Events -- Africa Regional Learning Institute 2005, BAOBAB for Women's Human Rights, African...
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Jacqueline Pitanguy of WLP Brazil/Cidadania, Estudo, Pesquisa, Informação e Ação (CEPIA) speaks about her history with WLP, the development of an international women's rights network, and the development of the feminist movement in Brazil. Describes significance of WLP's work building solidarity and complementality without Global North/South divide. Discusses Brazil as most political and vocal in region, importance of work of NGOs not as replacing state duty but critically knocking on door...
Topics: Women -- International cooperation, Cidadania Estudo Pesquisa Informação e Ação (Cepia),...
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Sheir Azzouni, WLP Palestine/Women's Affairs Technical Committee (WATC), discusses the long and ultimately successful advocacy campaign that she helped spearhead against a law instituted by the Palestinian Authority (PA) that prohibited women from traveling out of the country without permission from a male guardian. Azzouni describes the strategies used to build a diverse coalition against the law and how to leverage presence of international media for their advantage.
Topics: Women's Affairs Technical Committee, Non-governmental organizations, Permission to travel,...
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Asma Khader (2006) of Sisterhood is Global Institute/Jordan (SIGI/J), speaks about SIGI/J's mission, the state of NGOs in Jordan, the perception of feminism as a Western value, and the challenges that this misconception presents. Describes need for civil society laws to enable independent activity and resources (financial and expertise), and cooperation with international community. Distinguishes Jordan's democratic values from other countries in region, belief in peaceful world through shared...
Topics: Non-governmental organizations, Feminism and religion, Fundamentalism, Human rights advocacy,...
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Mahnaz Afkhami, founder of Women's Learning Partnership, discusses her personal and professional biography, including her work as an Iranian government minister and her later, continuing involvement in the global women's movement. Afkhami begins by discussing the work of her predecessor Farokhroo P?rs?, (1922-1980), the first female cabinet minister of an Iranian government. She speaks about her work on women's issues in the Middle East, and internationally. She also discusses her family and...
Topics: Global women's movement, Women in development, Women's leadership, Agency, Law reform, Iran
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Zainah Anwar speaks about her advocacy for victims of domestic violence, her advocacy to further criminalize domestic violence, and a successful campaign to pressure the Malaysian government into passing and implementing significant anti-domestic violence legislation despite objections from fundamentalists in society and government. Zainah Anwar is a lawyer and women’s rights activist from Malaysia. She spent two decades as the head of Sisters in Islam, a non-governmental organization (NGO)...
Topics: Violence against women, Domestic violence, Law reform, Advocacy campaigns, Coalition building,...
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Bushra Jabre discusses the impact of the Arab Women Speak out project and documentary film on the lives of women and their families. The project uses stories of women from similar backgrounds as a basis for discussion on gender relations and women's roles.
Topics: WLP Events -- Cultural Boundaries and Cyber Spaces 2000, Women's rights -- Muslim societies, Women...
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Ina'am al-Aasha of Jordan discusses the state of women's rights in her home country, her work as an activist, and what she will take back to her home country as a result of her participation in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Regional Roaming Institute for Women's Leadership and Training of Trainers (December 9-15, 2003 in Petra, Jordan).
Topics: WLP Events -- MENA Regional Roaming Institute 2003, Participatory leadership, Transformative...
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Marfua Tokhtakhodjaeva, WLP Uzbekistan/Tashkent Women's Resource Center (TWRC) (closed by the Uzbek government in 2006), describes TWRC actions that triggered the organization's closing by an increasingly authoritarian Uzbek government, and the cooperation between different women's rights NGOs in Central Asia.
Topics: WLP Events -- Transnational Partners Convening 2006, Tashkent Women's Resource Center, Global...
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Magda Adly of Egypt discusses the state of women's rights in her home country, her work as an activist, and what she will take back to her home country as a result of her participation in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Regional Roaming Institute for Women's Leadership and Training of Trainers (December 9-15, 2003 in Petra, Jordan).
Topics: WLP Events -- MENA Regional Roaming Institute 2003, Participatory leadership, Transformative...
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Yusra al Dawleh of Yemen discusses the state of women's rights in her home country, her work as an activist, and what she will take back to her home country as a result of her participation in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Regional Roaming Institute for Women's Leadership and Training of Trainers (December 9-15, 2003 in Petra, Jordan).
Topics: WLP Events -- MENA Regional Roaming Institute 2003, Participatory leadership, Transformative...
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by Al Baharna, Wajeeha; Al Naqash, Farida; Ertürk, Yakin
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Eye on Democracy (part one of two) is a panel discussion/program on the US-based Arabic-language news network Alhurra. This episode features Yakin Erturk (Council of Europe), Women's Learning Partnership board member, Wajeeah al-Baharna (Vice President of WLP Bahrain/Bahrain Women's Association (BWA)), and Farida al-Naqash (writer and Egyptian politician), who discuss developments for women's rights in the Arab world since the popular uprisings of 2011. They also discuss cooporation between...
Topics: Bahrain Women's Association, Law reform, Women and democracy, Democratic transition, Arab Spring...
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by Al Baharna, Wajeeha; Al Naqash, Farida; Ertürk, Yakin
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Eye on Democracy (part two of two), a panel discussion program on the Alhurra network, concerning developments in women's rights after the "Arab Spring" uprising of 2011 features Women's Learning Partnership (WLP) board member Yakin Ertu?rk, Egyptian writer and politician Farida al-Naqash, and WLP Bahrain/Bahrain Women's Association Vice President Wajeeha al-Baharna. Topics covered in the discussion include women under Islamist governance in Turkey, the fundamentalist backlash against...
Topics: Bahrain Women's Association, Law reform, Women and democracy, Democratic transition, Violence...
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Asma Khader discusses two advocacy campaigns that took place in Jordan, the first for repeal of a law which granted greatly reduced sentences to men who commit acts of violence against women if they claim to have done it in a fit of rage or to protect their family's honor; the second campaign for raising legal marriage age for girls from 15 to 18. Khader details the building of a coalition of many ideologically different activist organizations, and describes the specific cases that inspired her...
Topics: Sisterhood is Global Institute/Jordan, Non-governmental organizations, Advocacy campaigns,...
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Mahnaz Afkhami, Founder of WLP, gives an overview of the difficulties of civil organizing, and discusses women's organizations in the Global South in context of rising authoritarianism, fundamentalism, and instability. Discusses position of women's organizations with legislation limiting receipt of funds, negative impact on civil society activism when regressive consequences of wars in the name of democracy. Discusses problem of ideological positions. Discusses post-conflict challenges of...
Topics: Civil society, Civil society strengthening, Fundamentalism, Women and democracy, Women and war,...
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Hessa Alkhmairi of Bahrain discusses the state of women's rights in her home country, her work as an activist, and what she will take back to her home country as a result of her participation in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Regional Roaming Institute for Women's Leadership and Training of Trainers (December 9-15, 2003 in Petra, Jordan).
Topics: WLP Events -- MENA Regional Roaming Institute 2003, Participatory leadership, Transformative...
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On the occasion of International Women's Day (March 8, 2006), WLP President and founder Mahnaz Afkhami speaks with Voice of America's Ahmadreza Baharloo on the current status of women globally and the strategies and impediments to achieving rights and equality. This is part 2 (of 2 parts) of the caller question and answer session of the interview. Afkhami and Baharloo discuss women's rights and women in leadership and activist roles in ancient and recent history, and the perceived conflict of...
Topics: Women’s rights -- Muslim societies, Women -- Social conditions, Human rights advocacy, Women's...
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Vivian Manneh speaks on organizational structure and activities of WLP Palestine/Women's Affairs Technical Committee (WATC). She details how WATC spreads knowledge of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) to women in rural and urban settings, and the challenge of spreading that knowledge to more conservative communities.
Topics: WLP Events -- Cultural Boundaries and Cyber Spaces 2000, Women's Affairs Technical Committee,...
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Naadia Davis speaks about advocating and fundraising for "telecenters" in South Africa that would allow Internet access in remote and rural areas. Discusses how Muslim women can use the Internet to fight negative media stereotypes about them.
Topics: WLP Events -- Cultural Boundaries and Cyber Spaces 2000, Information and communication technology,...
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Sakena Yacoobi of the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL) describes the work of her organization since the 2001 American invasion of Afghanistan and toppling of the Taliban. She expresses frustration at the misappropriation of billions of dollars in international aid money and the misuse of funds. She also describes what does and does not make effective international aid, and why she feels that the model of Women's Learning Partnership (WLP) is more effective than the aid model for many other...
Topics: WLP Events -- Transnational Partners Convening 2006, Afghan Institute of Learning, Non-governmental...
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Bunmi Diplo-Salami, of BAOBAB for Women's Human Rights (BAOBAB), speaks on the state of women's rights in Nigeria and BAOBAB's work in the period before the 2007 elections. Discusses challenges of patriarchy interacting with global phenomena of fundamentalism, militarization. Discusses women's subordination as result of violence, poverty, corruption. Describes organizational focus on empowerment, promoting rights of women under statutory, customary and religious laws. Describes WLP leadership...
Topics: BAOBAB for Women's Human Rights, Democratic transition, Women and democracy, Political...
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Sakena Yacoobi, Executive Director of the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL), speaks about her organization's work providing young Afghan and Pakistani women and girls with educational opportunities and leadership mentoring, and the techniques she has found to be most effective. Discusses importance of mentoring in leadership training, enabling sustainability, choice, encouraging undiscovered qualities in people. Describes demand for workshops including from government, health education program...
Topics: Afghan Institute of Learning, Non-governmental organizations, Education -- Women, Human rights...
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by Gould, Sindi Medar
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Sindi Medar Gould, then Executive Director of WLP Nigeria/BAOBAB for Women's Human Rights (BAOBAB), describes her organization's mentoring program designed to mentor and develop leadership skills in young women and girls, and the particular challenges faced by women and girls in Nigerian society.
Topics: BAOBAB for Women's Human Rights, Women's leadership, Non-governmental organizations, Participatory...
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Sakena Yacoobi describes an Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) training program she founded to train Afghan women in the use of ICTs. The training program took place in refugee camps (Peshawar, Pakistan) that hosted people who had fled the then-still-in-power Taliban government.
Topics: WLP Events -- Cultural Boundaries and Cyber Spaces 2000, Afghan Institute of Learning, Information...
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by Jaff, Siona Bongfen
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Cameroonian activist Siona Bongfen Jaff, Community Education and Development Services (CEDS), describes her organization's history and focus on grassroots women's leadership training and women's health education. She describes the genesis of CEDS and the establishment of a community health center and vaccination program in the aftermath of a measles outbreak that killed 24 children in her village in five weeks.
Topics: Non-governmental organizations, Women's health services, Organizational development, Women's...